Openings + Shows: Imagining Landscape

Charles Laurier Dufour at Galerie Dufour

Galerie Dufour presents Fields of Dreams with Opening Reception

Galerie Dufour in Belfast presents a new photography exhibition entitled Field of Dreams. An opening reception will be held during Belfast’s weekly Friday Art Walk on August 6 from 5:30 to 8:30. The exhibition features color as well as black and white photography by award-winning local artist, Charles Laurier Dufour.

The new works take the natural nudes out into the open fields of Maine. Some photographs were shot in a variety of crop fields in Aroostook County, while others were shot more locally in Northport, on Sears Island, in Orono, and among erratic boulders in a blueberry field on Blue Hill peninsula. “It’s a natural follow up from the previous exhibition, From Limb to Limb, which featured natural nudes in forest settings,” explains Dufour.

“tete a tete”

Galerie Dufour welcomes the BAHS Reunion by offering specially reduced prices on practically all artwork for the attendees the entire reunion weekend. Dufour goes on, “While I’m not from Belfast, I graduated from high school in 1979, so these folks are my compatriots.” In addition to enjoying worthy refreshments, gallery visitors will also hear the 70s sounds of Bob Dylan at the August 6 opening reception. Dufour hosts “Highway 61 – The Dylan Hour” at WERU, 89.9 FM, every Friday morning from 9 to 10 a.m., with archived broadcasts at WERU’s website. Dufour ribs, “I may even throw in a little Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell, Traffic, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, or even Elton John to keep the 70s crowd smiling and the others simply dazed and confused.”

Field of Dreams will be on exhibition from August 6 until August 26, making way for Galerie Dufour’s 7th Anniversary celebration and exhibit, “A Room with a View”, which begins on August 27.

Listen to the 7/31 Cafe des Artistes radio show (5 min.) and interview with Charles “Doc” Dufour

Leon Kroll, “Maine Hills,” at Redfield Gallery

The Redfield Gallery of Northeast Harbor and Sunne Savage Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition Maine Modern and Realist, on display from August 4 through August 17 with an opening reception Wednesday August 4 from 5 to 7:30 pm. The Gallery will be participating in the weekly Thursday Evening Stroll on August 5. The Modern artists featured are Louise Nevelson, Byron Browne, Edward Betts, John Marin and Rockwell Kent. The paintings and watercolors of Frank W. Benson, Walter Farndon, Leon Kroll, Jane Peterson, Charles Hovey Pepper, Charles Woodbury and contemporary artist Joel Babb, are the Realist Maine artists. FMI, call 207-276-3609 or email redfield39@gmail.com.

Round Top Farm Galleries in Damariscotta is currently exhibiting new Asian brush paintings and watercolors by Waldoboro artist Jean Kigel in LOTUS GARDENS: 12 Annual Eastern Views through August 4. Stop in between 10 am and 5 pm and catch the last of this spectacular series of lotus paintings inspired by water gardens in China and in Maryland and to watercolors of Maine. FMI, visit Jean Kigel online or call 207-821-5152.

Tom Curry, “Three Sisters,” at Gleason Fine Art

Gleason Fine Art in Boothbay Harbor will feature a show titled Three Colorists, opening August 5 and continuing through September 7 with an opening reception Saturday August 14 from 5 to 7 pm, which is also the Boothbay Harbor Fine Art Dealers’ Second Saturday Art Walk. Three Colorists brings together Andrea Peters, Henry Isaacs, and Tom Curry, three Maine painters who use color to its fullest. But the artists have more than one thing in common.

All three chose to settle in small coastal Maine villages: Peters in East Boothbay, Isaacs in Islesford on Cranberry Island off Mount Desert Island, and Curry in Brooklin, bordering Blue Hill Bay. As artists, what brings them together is their love of color. They revel in great, exuberant splashes of cobalt, emerald, ocher, and red, all applied in bold strokes with brushes and palette knives. In Three Colorists, the gallery brings Peters, Isaacs, and Curry together for the first time. It promises to be a feast for the eyes. FMI and to view the entire show online, visit Gleason Fine Art online or call 207-633-6849.

Chris Huntington, “Downeast Harbor,” at Littlefield Gallery

Littlefield Gallery in Winter Harbor will exhibit Chris Huntington: September Days, Corea from August 6 through September 6 with an artist’s reception August 14 from 4 to 7 pm. Says the artist: “When I returned to Corea with my paints after a mere 40 years, I wondered whether I might be able to take a fresh look at coastal subject matter and make something of it that wasn’t a cliché.” FMI, visit Littlefield Gallery online or call 207-963-6005.

Jon Kolkin, from the Equilibrium Series, at Carver Hill Gallery

Captions: Alexey Slusar Flamenco Dancer and Accompaniment 2 (more motion), at Carver Hill Gallery Alexey Slusar Flamengo Dancer and Accompaniment, at Carver Hill Gallery

Carver Hill Gallery in Rockport and Rockland will both have openings on first Friday, August 6 from 5 – 8 pm. The Rockport location will feature photographer Jon Kolkin, winner of Color Magazine’s Spotlight award in 2009, in solo show Equilibrium: Finding the Balance. The photographs depict the delicate balance between the 3 realms of nature: land, water and air. Kolkin’s work is intended to inspire others to challenge their own perceptions of “truth” about their surroundings – to look beyond their experiential understanding of reality. The artist will speak about the work at 5:30 pm on August 6.

Jon Kolkin is a self proclaimed spatial explorer. To quote Jon, “I have clearly glimpsed at at least one other dimension. In fact, I suspect there are more than four. As an example, when I look at Leonardo DaVinci’s drawings of machines hundreds of years before their invention, I presume he saw them in his mind through another dimension. In a similar way, I have had visions in great detail of things that I could not have possibly imagined based on my life experience. I probably use a little bit of this insight when I envision scenes before they happen and then attempt to capture them with my camera as they occur.” The photographs depict what Kolkin refers to as the “raw aesthetics” of our planet. The images are serene and enigmatic, and alive within us. They elicit wondrous emotional response from their viewers.

Carver Hill Gallery Rockland will feature a continuation of their Rhapsody in Hue music exhibition and an on-going group exhibition. New work by Ukranian aritst Alexey Slusar will be featured as a part of Carver Hill Gallery’s music theme. Slusar’s recent works of Flamenco dancers are vibrant, audible paintings evoking a palpable understanding of the relationship between the dancer and her musical accompaniment. Slusar, an oil painter, has exhibited world wide and is known for his versatility. As a painter, he can feel the spirit of the middle-ages in the narrow streets, the atmosphere of arcades, the courtyards and all of the compelling beauty of Prague. It is his inspiration.

Other featured artists include photographs by Cig Harvey, who teaches at the Maine Media workshops, watercolors by favorite Dianne Schelble, oils honoring the hypnotic sound of the ocean by Dennis Arbour, and Rob Report Magazine’s pick Stephen Gleasner‘s “Finnish Plyscapes,” a cerebral wood turner’s take on the ocean’s horizon as seen in wood. FMI, visit Carver Hill Gallery online, or call 207-236-0745.

Irma Cerese, “Greenwood Farm,” at Landing Gallery

Landing Gallery in Rockland will exhibit Painterly Perspectives, new paintings by Irma Cerese, opening on August 6 with an artist’s reception with Cerese from 5 to 8 pm. This exhibit includes 52 recent landscape paintings which border on the abstract. Irma has always been fascinated with color and her primary interest in painting is focused on color relationships. Her work has the ability to be seen simultaneously as landscape and abstract paint surface. This perception of her work creates a duality which holds our attention while we digest different realities of her painting. She strives to produce a compelling visual experience in its own right, rather than convey information or illustrate an idea. FMI, visit Landing Gallery online or call 207-594-4544.


Linda Gallion, “Over the Edge,” at Maine Art Gallery

The Maine Art Gallery in Wiscasset presents their Annual Juried Exhibit, on display now through August 21. This body of work is reflective of the passion and talent of the collective membership of the Maine Art Gallery. The “Juror’s Choice” awards were presented to Debra A. Arter for her silk aquatint with chine colle “Night Sight” and a pair of untitled mixed media abstracts by Ann Slocum.

Highlights of the exhibit are works by Nat Lewis whose watercolors capture the light and shadow of sunkissed Maine summer days. Maude Olsen‘s still life, depicting seemingly unrelated objects, dances across the paper. Jon Luoma‘s Chinese inks and watercolor creations are breathtaking for their skill and creativity, Sylvia Bang‘s pen and inks of animals are magical. Also noteworthy are watercolors by Samuel Trott, Consuelo Eames Hanks and Evelyn Dunphy. Maine summertime activities depicted by Marsha Townsend, Rick Dickenson, Judine French, Claudia Hughes and Ruth Monsell are mindful of “how life should be”. Also included in the exhibit are sculptures by Andy W. Rice, Marilyn Lucey and Bernice Rosenthal. FMI please visit Maine Art Gallery online or call 207-882-7511.

Barn Gallery in Ogunquit presents the famous Ogunquit Art Association (OAA) Art Auction on August 7. Doors will open at 7 pm and bidding begins at 8 pm. Come to the Barn Gallery to preview the work, pick an artist-designed bid card or leave a Silent Bid from August 3 through August 6 from 11 am to 5 pm, and Saturday, August 7, 11 am to 3 pm.

Auctioneer Hap Moore will help you bid on paintings, graphics, photographs, and sculpture by members of the Ogunquit Art Association, the area’s oldest professional artists organization. Participating OAA artists, many with national and international reputations, have created original, one-of-a-kind bid cards on sale at the Gallery for $25. A bid card purchase includes auction admission, catalog and refreshments. Plain bid cards for admission are available for $5. Some event parking is available in the Barn Gallery parking lot.

Auction attendees are encouraged to carpool or park in the Obed’s Lane parking lot behind the Dunaway Center. It is a short trolley ride or a pleasant 10-minute walk from there to the Gallery. FMI, 646-8400 or visit www.barngallery.org.

Turtle Gallery is displaying their third show of the season through August 21, with a gallery talk with the artists Sunday August 8 at 4 pm. The show features Karl Schrag, lithographs; Mary Aro, portraits; Galen Davis, pastels; Barbara Putnam, prints; Timus Akhriev, oils; and Robin Cust, jewelry.

The Portland Museum of Art will host a “meet the artist” event for Anna Hepler, creator of “The Great Haul” installation, Friday August 6 from 5 to 8 pm.

Ogunquit Performing Arts will present the film A Model for Matisse at the Barn Gallery in Ogunquit on August 11 at 7:30 pm. The film is the sixth in the free Art Videos at the Gallery series.

Henri Matisse (1869-1954) was a French artist known for his use of color and his fluid and original draftsmanship. He was also a printmaker and sculptor, but is known primarily as a painter, often regarded as one of the three seminal artists of the 20th Century along with Picasso and Marcel Duchamp. The film explores in loving detail what is often just a sentence or two in his biographies—his lifetime friendship with Monique Bourgeois. For this glimpse into a special part of the life of artist Henri Matisse be sure to mark your calendar!

The “Art Videos at the Gallery” series continues each Wednesday evening at 7:30 pm through September 1 at the Barn Gallery, Bourne Lane and Shore Road in Ogunquit. The films are shown on a theater-size screen, and members of the Ogunquit art community will be on hand to lead discussions about the films. FMI, visit Barn Gallery online or call 207-646-7055.

Sculpture by Jeffrey Briggs at The Barn Gallery

The Barn Gallery
in Ogunquit presents Late Summer Exhibitions from August 11 through September 11, with a reception August 21 from 5 to 8 pm. The Gallery will feature Ogunquit Arts Association Showcases including Jeffrey Briggs: Sculpture; Deloris White: Printmaking; and invited New England sculptors.